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List of River Phoenix Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
19
5
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
E
19
5

After his father goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones embarks on a journey to find his father and teams up with Austrian archaeologist Elsa Schneider, who has questionable loyalty. Once he rescues his father from the clutches of the Nazis, they must retrieve the Grail before the Nazis get to it.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody
2. Stand by Me (1986)
23
5
Stand by Me
R
23
5

Stand by Me is a coming-of-age movie centering on the lives of four friends, Gordon ‘Gordie’ Lachance, Christopher ‘Chris’ Chambers, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Duchamp, and Vernon ‘Vern’ Tessio. On their quest to find a dead body, the four boys battle personal demons and a gang led by John ‘Ace’ Merill, only to return home permanently changed by their experience. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Chambers
Director:
Rob Reiner
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
3. Running on Empty (1988)
21
3
Running on Empty
PG-13
21
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Pope
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Music, Crime
Star Cast:
Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Martha Plimpton, Jonas Abry
4. Dogfight (1991)
12
2
Dogfight
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Birdlace
Director:
Nancy Savoca
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Richard Panebianco, Lili Taylor, Anthony Clark
5. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
13
3
My Own Private Idaho
R
13
3

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, this film tells the story of two best friends who work as street hustlers, as they embark on a journey of self discovery. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Waters
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Udo Kier, Jim Caviezel, Rodney Harvey, James Russo, William Richert
6. Sneakers (1992)
7
2
Sneakers
PG-13
7
2

Martin Bishop, who runs a company that tests security systems, is blackmailed by government agents into getting a black box from its inventor. Bishop’s ex-girlfriend and his team of experts, who retrieve the device, discover that it can decode any encryption code. As Bishop realizes that those men were criminals and not government officers, they incriminate him in the murder of the inventor.

As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Alden Robinson
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Drama
7. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
7
2
The Mosquito Coast
PG
7
2

An idealist inventor moves his family to a remote island in the Caribbean, in order to protect them from the consumerism which he believes to be destroying America. He also tries to use his genius skills to make gadgets for the natives and tries to enhance their primitive lifestyle.

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Peter Weir
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Alexander, Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Jadrien Steele, Hilary Gordon
8. Explorers (1985)
8
6
Explorers
PG
8
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Wolfgang Müller
Director:
Joe Dante
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Ethan Hawke, Bradley Gregg, Jason Presson, Georg Olden
10. The Thing Called Love (1993)
7
3
The Thing Called Love
PG-13
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
James Wright
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Dermot Mulroney, Samantha Mathis, K.T. Oslin
11. Little Nikita (1988)
9
2
Little Nikita
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeff Grant
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Sidney Poitier, Richard Bradford, Richard Jenkins, Liver Phoenix, Caroline Kava
12. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)
6
0
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
R
6
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Reardon
Director:
William Richert
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Matthew Perry, Johnny Galecki, Ione Skye, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger
13. Dark Blood (2012)
5
1
Dark Blood
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Boy
Director:
George Sluizer
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, Judy Davis, T. Dan Hopkins
14. Silent Tongue (1993)
2
2
Silent Tongue
PG-13
2
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Talbot Roe
Director:
Sam Shepard
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Western
Star Cast:
Richard Harris, Dermot Mulroney, Alan Bates, Sheila Tousey
15. Surviving (1985)
4
1
Surviving
4
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Waris Hussein
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Len Cariou, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Ringwald, Marsha Mason, Zach Galligan
16. Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (1986)
3
2
Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
3
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Benfield
Director:
David Greene
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tuesday Weld, Peter Bonerz, Philip Sterling

TV Shows and Videos

It's Your Move (1984)
It's Your Move
As:
Cast
Director:
John Pasquin, Tony Singletary, Jim Drake, Arlando Smith
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Tricia Cast, Ernie Sabella, Caren Kaye, David Garrison
Ben E. King: Stand by Me (1986)
Ben E. King: Stand by Me
As:
Cast
Role:
River Phoenix
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Wil Wheaton, Ben E. King
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
As:
Cast
Director:
Vincent McEveety, Bernard L. Kowalski, Harvey S. Laidman, Barry Crane, James Sheldon
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Alan Autry, Joaquin Phoenix, Levon Helm, Eric Stoltz, Richard Dean Anderson, Peter Horton, Roger Wilson
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breaking the Girl (1992)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breaking the Girl
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephane Sednaoui
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arik Marshall